When we first walked the grounds of Trinity College this semester, it felt like we were staring up at the walls of a castle with no doors or windows. It was like the castle was saying, “Go home. We’re fine here.”
The Christians on the various campuses around town have done well in standing strong despite everything going against them. It is sometimes discouraging, as there are others who are not happy when our friends are vocal about their faith. There will always be a “castle” telling us to all go home...but what if we asked God for wisdom and creativity to take another route inside?
In the Middle Ages, soldiers attacking a fortress knew that busting in through the front door would have probably been a tad difficult. Their fix for this problem was to dig a tunnel underneath the walls to the inside (this is where we get the term “undermining,” by the way).
Metaphorically speaking (because physically digging up university property is an obvious no-no), this is a great example of the fact that when God closes a door, sometimes He’s just doing that to provide a different way. We have to be willing to obey Him and be patient during the journey. Jesus wants to take down walls of despair to rescue people from a life of hopelessness.
The students here have a task before them...but they are not alone! The Lord has been walking before them long before they first set foot on campus. Psalm 139:4-5 says this: “Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me.”
Pray for them (and us as we walk with them) as they face the castle walls ahead.